As much as you may want to record spectacular videos of the sights that you see while you travel – that is easier said than done. Recording high-quality travel videos can be tricky, especially seeing as there are a lot of factors that will be completely beyond your control.
That is why it is important that you don’t add to that by making mistakes of your own. Unfortunately all too often travel video recordings end up with poor quality due to mistakes that really could have been avoided.
If you want to know exactly what kind of mistakes to avoid, here’s a quick primer:
- Pointing the video camera at a light source
While it is good to record videos of scenes that have lots of light, the video camera itself should never be pointed directly at a light source. If the light source appears in the frame itself it will cause the entire video to look overexposed and washed out.
Often you may accidentally make this mistake when you move or pan your camera. That is why to avoid it you need to know where the light sources are at all times – and remember that fact every time you shift your camera.
- Not holding the camera steady
One of the biggest reasons why the quality of travel video recordings ends up poor is because the camera wasn’t kept steady. Granted that isn’t easy when you’re walking around – but it is important.
To keep your camera steadier, you should always keep hold of it with both hands – one on either side. Additionally, you should lock your elbows at your sides for additional support.
- Recording at too low a frame rate
A high frame rate helps produce smoother and more fluid videos when there’s any movement or action. That is critical for travel videos – seeing as there’s normally lots of movement taking place.
If your frame rate is too low you can expect your video to look blurry at times, or even stutter. On the other hand, if you increase the frame rate and record at 30 (or better yet 60) frames per second – its quality will look much better.
- Using the zoom
Learning how to zoom in on a video may seem incredibly useful for travel videos – but it actually isn’t. Digital zoom will basically make the image larger but it will contain the same amount of pixels and so the quality will be lower.
If you zoom in too much the video may even be pixelated, which is the last thing you want. Instead of this you should get physically closer, or use an editor such as Movavi Video Editor to zoom afterward so that you still have raw footage with great quality.
Now that you’re fully aware of these mistakes, you can take steps to ensure you don’t make them the next time you’re on a trip. Do that and you should be able to record much better quality travel video footage.